Thriving in CSE core courses

We recognize that the combination of physics, math, and chemistry classes might feel tough to manage as a first-year student. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the most frequently used resources to help you feel more confident as you navigate these CSE core courses.
You’re here! You’ve made it through orientation, met with your advisor, and registered for courses. Now that you’re hopefully settling into a routine, it’s time to dig into academics. We’re very aware that sometimes the combination of physics, math, and chemistry can feel like a challenging course load. We also know that it can be really nerve-wracking to ask for help. Remember, this is a different academic experience than you’ve ever had. It is okay to ask for help, and there are a lot of people here to support you in your success! That’s why we’ve compiled a short list of resources that will really help you shine in your core classes.
  • Physics 1301W
    • SMART Learning Commons: Use the TutorTrac system to match tutor availability with daytime openings in your class schedule.
    • Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) Session: Work on specific course problems in a small group.
    • Physics Help Room: Graduate student tutors are available to help with this specific class in 140 Williamson.
  • Chem 1061/65
    • SMART Learning Commons and Peer Assisted Learning Session (see above)
    • Chem Help Room: TAs are available in 124 Smith during the day to help with Chem 1061 material. They also provide review sessions before each exam. See these schedules at
  • Math 1371 (or 1271)
    • SMART Learning Commons and Peer Assisted Learning Session (see above)
    • The Math department also maintains a list of tutors that students can hire. This is posted in the office in 115 Vincent.
  • Other commonly used resources for courses
    • Center for Writing: Specialized support for preparing lab reports and scientific writing, and found in 10 Nicholson.
    • Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence: Facilitated study groups, test banks, and access to tutoring in Physics, Chemistry, and Math can be found in 140 Appleby.
    • Student Academic Success Services: A program of the Student Counseling Services office, SASS offers individual academic counseling to help students develop strong approaches to their academic life. If you are concerned about time management or a balanced study schedule, connect with them in 340 Appleby.
    • Taylor Tutoring Center: Located in Frontier 126 and provides support for introductory chemistry, physics, and calculus courses.